An Analysis Of Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense'

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1. Paine believes the people who “espouse the doctrine of reconciliation” are wrong. They all have one common goal in the end, but they should be divided into groups none the less. Those who don’t want to be apart from their mother country and wish to retain the ways of Europeans, prejudicial men who choose not to open their eyes to the bigger picture, weak men who simply are not capable of seeing the picture itself, and men who are interested in the matter but cannot be trusted. The language Paine uses to define each group that wanted to reconcile with England is negative (weak, cannot see, prejudicial, cannot be trusted). Therefore, a conclusion can be reached in saying that Paine is very much against the people who wish to stay with England,…show more content…
The ideas Paine incorporated in “Common Sense” appealed to the rebellious colonists. At war already in 1775, the people of the future United States may have not wanted independence, but they did want fair treatment. After the intolerable acts in the year 1774, as well as the previous quartering and stamp acts, the colonists were annoyed with the ways Britain was controlling them. No taxation without representation played a prominent role in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. When lives started to be taken on both sides, whether it was the Boston Massacre, the battle of Lexington and Concord, or Bunker Hill, that was the last straw for many. Not only were they being treated unjustly, they were now also losing their kin to those who promised to protect them. In the moment of need, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” arrived. It spread what the people would truly need from their opposing “family”. It spread independence. Showing that reconciliation was not necessary whatsoever, as well as the British rule, the people of the colonies now had an imperative reason to fight…show more content…
Hereditary succession among royal families is flawed. It destroys the state of equality. The future king or queen do not have to work towards their rule, they simply have to be born into it. A man or woman born into the common mass could actually work a surplus amount and still not come close to those who just had the luck of being born into the royal family. If one leader is voted upon by the people due to his/her extensive skill, this is considered fair. Why is it considered fair when this leader has kin and those kin are automatically seen fit to rule when they come of age, or when the previous ruler passes? The son/daughter was not voted in by the people, therefore, hereditary succession can lead to major problems with leadership. The ruler may have many flaws, if the people had a say in it they would not have voted them

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